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Rita’s Aunt Viola, whom she called Aunty, was the light in her life, and Rita grew up under Aunty’s loving guidance. The Anderson family was a musical group, and every evening the family gathered to sing under the plum tree in their yard. Rita’s relatives sang in church choirs and at weddings and other celebrations. Aunty recognized Rita’s musical talents and, when Rita was 10, she encouraged her to try out for a local radio show called Opportunity Knocks. When Rita won the contest on the program, she began taking herself seriously as a singer.

Sharon was not even a year old when Rita met a Trench Town band called the Wailers, whose members walked by her house nearly every day. Rita and two female friends auditioned at the Wailers’ studio, and they became the Soulettes, the back-up group for the Wailers. The Wailers’ shy guitarist, whom Rita knew as Robbie, soon became the love of her life. After their wedding, Sharon was officially adopted by her new father. For many years, Rita Marley hardly had the time to pursue a musical career—she cared for her children and sometimes worked as a nurse or as household help to supplement the family’s income.

The Anderson family was a musical group, and every evening the family gathered to sing under the plum tree in their yard. Rita’s relatives sang in church choirs and at weddings and other celebrations. Aunty recognized Rita’s musical talents and, when Rita was 10, she encouraged her to try out for a local radio show called Opportunity Knocks. When Rita won the contest on the program, she began taking herself seriously as a singer. Encouraged in her ambitions by her Aunt Viola—Rita’s Too Hot 47 very scared of him because of the discipline he would put on his rehearsals and the type of harmony that we sing.

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